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  • Hi

    Great forum software BTW. I'm able to support users and do the stuff I do as an MVP really easily. :-)

    .. with the following exceptions. These problems have been causing me problems for a long time.

    #1 Clear Formatting Toolbar button

    Scenario:

    Typically I will respond to a user and for some reason (Chrome?) the font is really small. 
    I continue typing and paste in some solution text and links. Now I have a mixture of fonts. I can press the 
    HTML Toolbutton (which I do several times a day) and go through the painstaking and time-wasting labour
    of removing all the various <spans> tags that are stuffing up my text.

    Many times I submit my post and find the fonts (which looked ok while editing) now look mixed in size.
    So now I have to re-Edit my post, copy all text into a plain text editor, then past the text back into 
    the forum editor, then go through all my links and make them into active hyperlinks again.

    I'm getting to the stage where I feel it will be easier to type up a response in Outlook and paste the reply into the forum.

    So that's #1. The simplest solution would be the addition of a clear formatting button to clear all formatting from the selected text.

    The other suggestions are smaller problems :-) 

     

    #2 HTML and Code Toolbar button

    Many tool bars (like in IE8) have a mix of text and graphics.

    The icon for "Code" looks more like a HTML tag. It represents HTML/XML/Markup more than code formatting.

    At a glance the HTML text looks like it is part of the CODE image (see IE8 text+image commands).

    So every time I want to edit HTML (to fix #1) I immediately want to press the </> button. Very annoying.

    It would much better to have the word "Code" (Maybe in a special font) or find a better icon. Or give the HTML button an image to set it apart.

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    Thanks! The forums rock! Just need a small tweak.

    Something that looks like this...

     

    or this

     

    Rob


    Rob Chandler Help MVP http://Helpware.net/ http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/
    Tuesday, April 26, 2011 5:30 AM

Answers

  • Thanks for the suggestions, Rob. We'll look it over and see where this might fit into the future backlog. We have some other things we are working on now, like a new recognition update and some mitigations for some of the recent spam issues. We appreciate your contributions, thanks a lot.
    Community Forums Program Manager
    Tuesday, April 26, 2011 5:41 AM
    Answerer

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  • Thanks for the suggestions, Rob. We'll look it over and see where this might fit into the future backlog. We have some other things we are working on now, like a new recognition update and some mitigations for some of the recent spam issues. We appreciate your contributions, thanks a lot.
    Community Forums Program Manager
    Tuesday, April 26, 2011 5:41 AM
    Answerer
  • Many thanks.

    Keep up the good work.

    Rob


    Rob Chandler Help MVP http://Helpware.net/ http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/
    Tuesday, April 26, 2011 8:02 AM
  • Many times I submit my post and find the fonts (which looked ok while editing) now look mixed in size.

    every time I want to edit HTML (to fix #1) I immediately want to press the </> button


    Be careful what you wish for.  

    Neither of these will be problems for you if the Answers 2.0 software becomes the standard for these forums too.   <eg>

     

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    Tuesday, April 26, 2011 1:52 PM
  • I see what you mean. Answers only gives you Bullets / Bold / Underline / Italics / Links / Undo/Redo.

    But Answers is for the consumer audience and this is for developers. I don't see them merging just yet.. I hope! :-)
    Yes would hate to lose embedded image links and formatting and all the extra leg room we get in the developer forums.


    Rob Chandler Help MVP http://Helpware.net/ http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011 12:48 PM
  • If only a delete/backspace key won't change the font...

    In Google Chrome, if you have two paragraphs and press the backspace key to remove the line break suddenly your second paragraph has a larger font. Somehow "display: inline !important;" is added to the <P> element.



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    Visual C++ MVP
    Saturday, May 7, 2011 10:14 PM
  • Yeah this happened to me just last night in Chrome. I can't reproduce now. 
    Rob Chandler Help MVP http://Helpware.net/ http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/
    Sunday, May 8, 2011 6:49 AM